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|David Derin Joins Middle School Judaic Studies Faculty|
The new school year is underway and we are thrilled to continue introducing our new esteemed faculty members. Today we extend a warm welcome to David Derin, who joins our Middle School Judaic Studies faculty. David comes to us from sunny California where he received his undergraduate degree from University of Southern California. Following college, Moreh David served as a paratrooper in the IDF, and where he was in a unit that did field reconnaissance. Following his service in the IDF, he remained in Israel where he received his Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education while simultaneously earning a Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Day School Educators Program. Moreh David, who recently moved to Stamford with his wife, is excited to experience an East Coast winter! Here’s an interesting fact about our newest Middle School teacher: Every year he reads the book, "Peter Pan." He loves the idea of never growing up, but not in the way that most people would think. To him Neverland is about holding on to and chasing your dreams, which he considers a big motivator.
Welcome Moreh David!
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|Carmel Academy Teacher Brings The Power Of Yoga & Wellness to Students and Faculty|
As a group of Carmel Academy Middle School students enter Rachel Mann’s classroom on a recent afternoon she asks them each to describe how they are feeling.
“Tired, sleepy, stressed,” some of the students say.
Mann turns on relaxing music as the students roll out yoga mats. She proceeds to take the group through a variety of yoga poses, meditation and breathing exercises as part of a Yoga and Meditation elective class. At the end of the session, Mann reassesses her students.
“Happy, energized, refreshed” are the new words the students use to describe their frame of mind.
Mann, Carmel Academy’s lead Middle School humanities teacher, said she is not surprised by the immediate benefits that the class offers. In fact, that’s exactly what she experienced this past summer as one of 50 educators trained by the “Breathe For Change” program.
|Carmel Academy Opens Gan Chalomot, Playground of Dreams|
When Carmel Academy’s youngest students began the school year this September they were in for a wonderful surprise -- a brand new playground that puts their imagination, creativity and sense of discovery center stage. “Carmel Academy’s Gan Chalomot
, or Playground of Dreams, is truly a one-of-a-kind play area,” said Carmel Academy early childhood specialist Julie Thaler, the brainchild behind the project.
Thaler, who is the lead teacher for the school’s Shorashim Transitional Kindergarten program, uses the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, a philosophy that considers the surrounding environment to be a third teacher for children. And it’s this approach that inspired Gan Chalomot, she said.
|Orton Gillingham B’Ivrit : Carmel Academy Presents an Innovative Solution for Teaching Hebrew|
Imagine the challenges a child with dyslexia faces as he or she learns to read. Then imagine how confused that same child feels when he or she begins to learn Hebrew. Enter Carmel Academy's Orton-Gillingham B’Ivrit, a learning methodology created by two of the field's leading reading specialists that applies the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory, phonetic technique to Hebrew reading. Orton-Gillingham is a successful research-based approach to teach reading and writing to students with language-based learning disabilities. It is used in schools across the nation. Carmel Academy hosted day one of a three-day workshop that attracted Hebrew language teachers spanning from Massachusetts to New Jersey, giving them tools needed to support their Hebrew language instruction, especially when working with students who have dyslexia or other related language-based learning disabilities.
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